SAVE is a French association under the 1901 law. We work closely with Lutte Pour la Justice (LPJ), another French association (1901 law), that exists since 1999, presided by founder Colette Berthes.
LPJ has helped about 30 prisoners through the years to get justice. Together, we try to help all those in legal needs on death row in the USA who are fighting for their lives.
Currently, we monitor and/or support over 120 prisoners on death row.
Since April 2016, the accountancy of our two associations is managed by LPJ, which offers the advantage to our donators to benefit from tax exemptions on their donations (in France).
Together, our associations can help finance under some conditions DNA tests, psychiatric assessments, or investigations to support the legal defense of prisoners on death row. We also can provide support to the development of different actions such as clemency petitions.
Find out more about the launch of our new Emergency Fund here or contact us for any further information. Thank you.
There are 9 millions people incarcerated worldwide, incl.
2.2M in the USA, the highest incarceration rate worldwide.
What impact for the families?
What we do
We document the impact of harsh sentences such as the death penalty on the loved ones of the prisoners.
Thru testimonies and creative art, we show how the arrest, sentencing, incarceration and/or (potential) execution of a parent have devastating effects on families, for example children. This way we show how the incarceration of one prisoner can have long lasting effect on many for generations to come.
Over 4% of prisoners on death row in the USA may be innocent, more worldwide.
How to reduce miscarriages of justice?
What we do
We provide support to prisoners on death row in the US with innocence (or wrongful conviction) claims for their defence. We work in collaboration with friends, supporters, family members, NGOs and legal teams.
Support may be financial, influential, cultural, spiritual, artistic, media or others.
We are currently monitoring over 120 cases, involved in many.
70% of prisoners on death row in the USA have a prior felony conviction. How to break the cycle of violence?
What we do
We promote alternative policies to help reduce crime the number of future innocent victims. In particular we want to show that by focusing on crime prevention and prisoners rehabilitation at the earliest stage of their graduation in the cycle of violence, some innovative programs allow prisoners to reduce significantly the risk of their re-offending.
In addition, we initiated in 2014 special projects worldwide documenting issues in relation to harsh sentencing, which has helped get increasing attention and scrutiny from the International Community:
Children on death row in the Middle East (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen & Sudan)
Women in China and beyond: 500 000 women in prison worldwide 3/4 have innocent children